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for president has ever done, i told you before the election what i'd do. mr. reagan, as you saw tonight -- president reagan takes the position it will disappear by magic. it was once called voodoo economics. i wish the president would say -- yes, the cbo is right. yes, we have a $263 billion deficit. this is how i'm going to get it done. don't talk about growth, because even though we need growth, that's not helping. it's going to go in the other direction, as they've estimated. and give us a plan. what will you cut? whose taxes will you raise? will you finally touch that defense budget? are you going to go after social security and medicare and student assistance and the handicapped again as you did last time? if you'd just tell us what you're going to do, then the american people could compare my plan for the future with your plan. and that's the way it should be. the american people would be in charge. >> mr. president, the most outrageous thing your opponent has said in the debate tonight? >> well, now, i have to start with a smile, since his kind words to me. i'll tell you what i t
to that obviously was no, and as the result, i was elected to this office and promised a new beginning. now, maybe i'm expected to ask that same question again. i'm not going to, because i think that all of you -- or not everyone, those people that are in those pockets of poverty and haven't caught up, they couldn't answer the way i would want them to -- but i think that most of the people in this country would say, yes, they are better off than they were 4 years ago. the question, i think, should be enlarged. is america better off than it was 4 years ago? and i believe the answer to that has to also be "yes.'' i promised a new beginning. so far, it is only a beginning. if the job were finished, i might have thought twice about seeking reelection for this job. but we now have an economy that, for the first time -- well, let's put it this way -- in the first half of 1980, gross national product was down a minus 3.7%. the first half of '84 it's up 8.5%. productivity in the first half of 1980 was down a minus 2%. today it is up a plus 4%. personal earnings after taxes per capita have gone up almost $3,
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